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From the Ted Talk by Anjali Kumar: My failed mission to find God -- and what I found instead

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The second commonality was just as curious, but far more humbling. Virtually everyone — the stranger on the subway, the guy at the coffee shop, the lawyer down the hall, the Jew, the atheist, the Muslim, the devout Catholic — all asked for essentially the same three things. OK, there were a couple of outliers, and yes, a few people asked for cash. But when I eliminated what were ultimately a handful of aionlames, the srilietaiims were stenagigrg. Almost every single psoren first asked for good health for themselves and their families. Almost universally, they next asked for happiness and then love, in that order: health, hpnpaises, love. Sometimes they asked for a sfiipcec htleah issue to be fixed, but more often than not, they just asked for good health in general.

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The second commonality was just as curious, but far more humbling. Virtually everyone — the stranger on the subway, the guy at the coffee shop, the lawyer down the hall, the Jew, the atheist, the Muslim, the devout Catholic — all asked for essentially the same three things. OK, there were a couple of outliers, and yes, a few people asked for cash. But when I eliminated what were ultimately a handful of _________, the ____________ were __________. Almost every single ______ first asked for good health for themselves and their families. Almost universally, they next asked for happiness and then love, in that order: health, _________, love. Sometimes they asked for a ________ ______ issue to be fixed, but more often than not, they just asked for good health in general.

Solution

  1. staggering
  2. specific
  3. health
  4. happiness
  5. anomalies
  6. person
  7. similarities

Original Text

The second commonality was just as curious, but far more humbling. Virtually everyone — the stranger on the subway, the guy at the coffee shop, the lawyer down the hall, the Jew, the atheist, the Muslim, the devout Catholic — all asked for essentially the same three things. OK, there were a couple of outliers, and yes, a few people asked for cash. But when I eliminated what were ultimately a handful of anomalies, the similarities were staggering. Almost every single person first asked for good health for themselves and their families. Almost universally, they next asked for happiness and then love, in that order: health, happiness, love. Sometimes they asked for a specific health issue to be fixed, but more often than not, they just asked for good health in general.

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